Machupicchu Historical Sanctuary becomes eco-sustainable wonder

The first solid waste recovery plant that transforms organic matter into charcoal under the supervision of a local government,  was opened in Machupicchu Village.

Machupicchu Historical Sanctuary has become eco-sustainable, thanks to the implementation of a comprehensive environmental quality strategy that reduced the production of solid waste in the area and optimized waste management at 100% all over Machupicchu Village.

As part of the strategy deployed, the first solid waste recovery plant that transforms organic matter into charcoal was opened this Friday in Machupicchu village. This facility is the first with these characteristics throughout Peru and is under supervision by the local government. The charcoal produced by this plant will be used as fertilizer in afforestation and reforestation projects, and will be useful in order to improve agricultural production in the district’s population centers.

Government and Private Sector unit work

It should be noted that the implementation of the comprehensive strategy of environmental quality in this town of Urubamba province was achieved thanks to the joint work of the Environment Ministry (Minam in Spanish), the Sernanp, Machupicchu city hall, the AJE Group and Inkaterra hotel chain.

“The start-up of the organic waste valorisation plant has been possible thanks to the joint work of the local government, private companies and civil society that, in the case of Machupicchu village population, already segregates 90% of its solid waste,”stated Environmental Management minister, Albina Ruiz.

At another time, the introduction of the hydraulic compactor of inorganic waste for Choquesuysuy sector was made, which will help reduce the volume of waste and allow greater efficiency in the handling and disposal of inorganic waste, which represents 26% of the total waste (plastic for single use, PET bottles, polystyrene and similar) that is generated during the Inca Trail.

The protocol for minimization and reuse of materials and / or implements that each authorized tourist operator take to the Inca Trail has been carried out for three years. As a result, a reduction of 10.67% in 2018 was achieved when 68.9 tons of waste were generated, a lower figure compared to the 77.13 tons generated in 2016.

Machu Picchu will be reforested with a million trees

In addition to all mentioned initiatives, Sernan launched the reforestation project “One million trees for Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary”, which will strengthen the recovery program of areas degraded by forest fires, land use change and natural phenomena (rockslides, landslides and floods). By reforesting  200,000 trees of native species in the Machu Picchu historic Sanctuary and its buffer zone will cover coverage of 156 hectares per year, since 2019. The projection is to cover 780 hectares of the territory with a million trees in five years. The proposal will be developed with the support of  Inca Trail authorized operators and institutions that are part of the Machu Picchu Management Committee.


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